Some supporters of Kaduna United FC, on Wednesday said it will be difficult for the team to make any impact in the ongoing National League, due to failure of the management to pay players salary.
Some of the fans told newsmen in Kaduna that the management has not paid the players their salaries and allowances since they were recruited.
One of the enthusiasts, Vincent Akinbami said the problem emanated from the hasty manner the club was handed over to the new management by the Kaduna State Government.
“It was something I was expecting since government privatised the club.
“Government gave the club to a football friend and I thought the government will sponsor it for two or three years before handing it over to the private owner.
“Giving it to someone who does not have sponsors or structure on ground makes it difficult to handle.”
Akinbami said the club ought to be run like a company with all departments and should be paying salary every month.
Another supporter of the club, Abimaje Moses described the situation as unfortunate, saying necessary bodies managing the league must intervene to ensure that the players get their money.
“A club like Kaduna United ought to have outgrown the level they are but due to the inability of Kaduna state government to effectively manage the club, it is now a shadow of itself.
“Football is a big business all over the world, it’s a shame that despite leasing the club to an entrepreneur, Kaduna United is still in a shambolic situation.”
Adamu Musa fears that the club will not be able to gain promotion to the elite league this season.
“The club management should pay the players and motivate them play good football and bring back the glorious days of Kaduna united.
“These players, based on my investigation, were not paid since the beginning of the season and I also learnt that they were paid just once last season. Nobody is talking about match bonuses and allowances.
“How can you run a club without paying salaries and you expect a good performance by the players?
“I am appealing to the management of Kaduna united to pay the players their salaries because we want see our team playing in the premier league next year,” Musa said.
Musa also appealed to the state government to assist the club financially, to enable it ease out of its difficult situation.
Another sports enthusiast, Umar Usman said motivation inspires success.
“To effectively motivate players to increase productivity, you need to employ a set of tools that incorporates salary increases while placing added emphasis on non-monetary rewards.
“While providing incentives, bonuses, or the opportunity to increase wages through piecework pay, you can institute changes that improve morale,” he said.
Media Officer of the club, Jide Bodunde acknowledged that the players had not been paid due to serious financial problems the club is facing.
He assured that the players would receive their pay as soon as the club’s financial situation improves and commended the players and officials for their perseverance in spite of the challenges.
Kaduna United are currently seventh on the NNL League Table.